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  • Two sought in kidnapping/robbery case

  • Dover Police are looking for two people after they allegedly kidnapped, bound, tortured and robbed an elderly man.
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  • Officers with the Dover Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit are looking for two people after they tied up, tortured and robbed an elderly man.
    Police only learned of the event seven hours after it occurred, when the man was able to free himself after being left, bound with wire and cords, inside his home.
    The incident began at approximately 12:45 a.m. April 17, at a home in the 700 block of South Halsey Road, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The victim, an 82-year-old man, said he had come home when he was confronted by a reported acquaintance, since identified as Shirley Smith, 30, and an unknown man. The victim was forced from his car into his home, thrown on the ground and then forced into a bedroom, where his hands and legs were tied up. Smith and the man allegedly held a sharp instrument to his ear and demanded money, after which the victim gave them his bank card and information and the location of some cash in his car. The suspects cut the victim’s ear, threatening to amputate it if he did not fully cooperate. They also stabbed him several times in the back and torso, perhaps using some of his own kitchen knives, Hoffman said.
    The suspects left in the victim’s vehicle, a 2002 Buick, which was later recovered in the Capitol Park development, approximately three miles away.
    The victim was admitted to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for treatment, and is expected to make a full recovery, Hoffman said.
    Police are working to identify the male suspect in the case and are actively looking for Smith, Hoffman added.
    Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts and of the identity of the male suspect is asked to call Dover Police at 736-7111. Anonymous tips may be submitted via Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or online at Delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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